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Uganda workshop to strengthen response to wartime sexual violence

Andrea Lampros, communications director, Human Rights Center | September 1, 2015

The Missing Peace Practitioners’ Workshop—co-hosted by the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law—brought together more than 100 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Liberia, in Kampala, Uganda, last week to talk about sexual violence during and after armed conflict. Contributing to recent global efforts to highlight and … Continue reading »

An Open Letter to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie

Kim Thuy Seelinger, director, Sexual Violence Program, Human Rights Center | June 23, 2014

Dear Foreign Secretary Hague and Special Envoy Jolie: We congratulate the UK Government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative for convening the historic Global Summit in London. We are members of the Missing Peace Young Scholars Network: early-career researchers from a wide range of academic backgrounds, committed to understanding and ending sexual violence in war. The Network … Continue reading »

Sexual violence in war: ‘Not a second-class crime’

Kim Thuy Seelinger, director, Sexual Violence Program, Human Rights Center | February 26, 2014

At Boalt Hall last week, I had the opportunity to interview Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nation’s Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law organized the event, which was co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Law Clinic, Human Rights Center, and Boalt … Continue reading »

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a few more days and Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes a few more months to leave a legacy for El Salvador

Cristián Orrego, director, forensic program, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law | January 24, 2013

Lead forensic geneticist Patricia del Carmen Vásquez, from the Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos de El Salvador, was at her computer searching for El Salvador’s missing children when she ran into a “cold hit”—a moment of discovery that can make your heart skip a beat. The term is used in the United States … Continue reading »